How Can I Get Him Back?

How can I get him back?

Dear Ronnie

I am just out of a relationship, but I have fallen hard for my best friend. The thing is, after my breakup, he showed interest and took me out several times. We slept together once too. After that, it was a bit awkward for a few days – we couldn’t stop thinking about it.

We talk regularly now, but ever since sleeping together, he’s started to encourage me to get back with my boyfriend. He tells me he loves me and cares for me, but keeps cancelling our dates. This is so disappointing! How do I get him interested in me once again?

Thanks for your help,

Laura in Oxford

Hi Laura,

How can you get him back? This is one of the most frequent dating questions there is.

There’s only one way to possibly get him back and regain a man’s interest in you. Unfortunately. there is no guarantee that it will work for sure. It’s just that this is your only option but it may or may not work. and there is only one way to find out which is to give it a try.

Here’s the solution to get him back:

Pull away, make yourself less available and even a bit scarce.


Let me share an analogy to help you understand this essential strategy. I call this the Ballroom Dancing Theory of Dating. There is one leader and one follower in ballroom dancing with the man as the leader right? So when he takes a step forward, you take a step back. And then you are dancing!

Now the same thing is true for being in a relationship. If you pursue a man, try to  convince him, keep talking to him about this, or reach after him, you are taking the step forward? Do you see what I mean? So, according to the Ballroom Theory of Dating, if you do anything to get him back, your man will naturally…take a step back like in dancing and withdraw. 

Pursuing him further in any way will not work and in fact will make him withdraw further. as your dating coach, I’m thinking that is  certainly not what you want!

However, if he misses you and wonders what is going on with you because he hasn’t heard from you, this could create a desire for him to get in touch and might bring him back.

Why He Might Have Pulled Away
1. Keep in mind that it’s possible your friend regrets crossing the line in your friendship. So he still might not want to get involved. 2. Another possibility is that you became too needy, clingy or emotionally reliant on him after being intimate. Could that be true?  That can scare a man away very quickly, even if you’ve been friends for a long time. It feels different to him even though it felt perfectly natural for you.

For you to pull away might feel very hard right now, but it’s the best piece of relationship advice any expert can give you. And more than that, it’s the only one that has a chance of working. Talking about it will definitely not help, and can in fact push him away even further.

My Dating Advice on How You Can Get Him Back
Put some distance between the two of you. Don’t answer every call or respond in 24 hours like you usually do. Same goes for emails or texts. Give him the chance to:

  • Miss you
  • Wonder what happened to you
  • Think about what you are doing
  • Feel curious to find out if you went somewhere
  • Wonder who you might be talking to instead of him

 If and when he does start to pursue you again, and he starts asking questions, do not tell him why you pulled away. Your job is to appear confident and completely fine without him. This will make him more interested when he doesn’t feel you are going to immediately return to clinging to him. And, if you must discuss things, keep it short, simple and without a lot of emotion. Than can help to draw him back in.

Most of all, if you want to know how you can get him back, you must avoid any big emotional scene. That will make your friend want to run in the opposite direction. He doesn’t want to be responsible for your happiness or healing. That is up to you as it should be. 

Good luck!

Wishing you love,


Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. She put her skills from personal development and her spiritual path to work, dating 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to manifesting and midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late to help smart, successful women find love or live an empowered and magical life. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC, is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000s of midlife women with her Love & Magical Life Coach services. She’s the host of the Breathe Love & Magic podcast and has been featured on NBC, ABC, & Fox News, NPR, BBC, eHarmony,, and Connecticut Magazine among others. Also, Ronnie is the author of 6 books which are available on Amazon.

2 thoughts on “How Can I Get Him Back?”

  1. How do I get over a 54 year old Cocaine addict and a bona fide Mama’s Boy who still sleeps on his mother’s couch and so plays Hot & Cold..This craziness has been going on for 7 years not to mention cheated on me with his ex and she threatened my life..I had no idea he was cheating until she called his phone Help 51 year attractive non drug abusing classy hardworking lady…

    • Hey Tammy, That’s quite a sad story but I would hope getting over a cheating drug addict wouldn’t be too hard. What does he offer you? Please hear this with compassion but something to look into with a counselor is if you could be addicted to love or to loving this man.

      This is a matter of self-esteem and self-worth. Don’t you feel you deserve a better man than this scoundrel? Working on your self-esteem is the key to feeling worthy of more and recognizing him as the wrong man for you. You deserve to be loved by a healthy, caring, loyal man, not this mama’s boy with severe problems. I encourage you to get some counseling to build yourself up and let go of this man who is draining the life out of you.

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